If you’re like most of us, you have that old AC unit running constantly during the summer.
Who knows why, but most people don’t ever really think to check in and see how it’s doing. While it may not be too expensive to replace an old unit, new ones could take a chunk out of your wallet if they run too long and break down.
It’s also nice to have a functioning unit that can keep your place as cold as possible, right? Whether or not your unit is functioning at full capacity, the energy bill is still going to rack up to around the same amount, so it’s about time that we all learn a little about air conditioning maintenance.
The first thing you want to consider is the placement of the unit in or around your home.
The unit may be getting direct access to the sun in the summertime. That’s pretty likely, seeing as the windows in your home that are getting the most sun are probably resulting in your hottest rooms. Those are the rooms that tend to get air conditioning units installed in their walls.
If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, see if it is possible to move it to an area that gets less direct sunlight in the summertime. But if you’re unit sits in the window, the direct sunlight may be causing it to get hot and work excessively. This is bad because it will use more energy to cool itself and produce less cool air for the inside of your room.
Consider moving the unit to a position that is both out of the sunlight and at a decent position in the scheme of your home’s airflow.
Most air conditioners are built with a few components that can be easily maintained and monitored. The most important one of these things is the air filter. Located behind the grill, the filter can easily get clogged with dust and dirt, lessening the machine’s ability to clean and cool the air.
Similarly to a lint catcher in a dryer, pop out the grill every once in a while and check to see if you can clear the debris from the filter. Doing this will help you keep a cooler home and prevent any other filter-related problems from arising due to back-up.
Many newer air conditioners have the ability to be programmed and finely tuned to respond to the temperature in your home. If your model is newer, you should set it to stay on while you’re home, and turn off while you’re away and sleeping.
This will reduce the machine’s work and save you some money.
Check around your unit to make sure there are no plants, trees, or other objects blocking the intake of your air conditioning unit. The machines need room to breathe in order to receive the requisite amounts of air.
If you’re keeping up on your air conditioning maintenance but something just seems to be off, it may be time to talk to a professional. It may be complicated to you, but someone out there has the specialty know-how to fix it right away.
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